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. next hour president obama will make the first of three stops to drum up support for the new initiatives he laid out in his e speech last time. he will be traveling to north carolina, georgia, and chicago. "the new york times" called his speech asserttive. politico, aggressive. the president insisted we need a smarter government, not a smaller government. it was the economy that dominated the speech including a call to elevate the middle class. >> it is our generation's task to reignite the true engine of america's economic growth. a rising, thriving middle class and that's why we need to build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class for all those willing to climb them. a growing economy that greats middle class jobs, that must be the north star that guides our efforts. [ applause ] >> the president called on congress to raise the minimum wage and put a billion dollars into manufacturing institutes. he's announced he's creating a bipartisan commission to look into voting problems. and he will bring 34,000 troops in afghanistan home as well as press for universal preschool. he di
is not happy about barack obama. he says he is not reached out to republicans, and what role do you think the president can and could most effectively play in all of this? >> i think right now he is playing it well. i think -- >> it does seem like they're saying he needs to stay out and let congress do its work and on the other side they're complaining he is not reaching out. >> that's the whole thing in politics today. it is lose-lose. as i indicated earlier you have to find something to throw rocks at and complain about. the truth is i think he is praying it well. he is keeping some distance, and at the same time he stirs the pot when he thinks it knees to be stirred and certainly there is a real legitimate need to do immigration reform and i think he is aware of that. i think he wants to see something passed and he will do what it takes to push congress along to finally get there. >> understanding you're new to this process as a freshman congressman, give me your -- >> 40 days of seniority, i think. >> give me your gut, though. what are the chances something big gets done this session
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